Select High Risk Pedestrian Midblock Crossings and Perform Safety Evaluations for Developing Pedestrian Crossings Countermeasures

In 2018, there were 6,227 pedestrian fatalities in the United States. Of those, 4,612 (74%) occurred outside of intersections, including midblock locations. This means that nearly 3 out of every 4 pedestrian deaths in the U.S. occur at midblock locations. Midblock pedestrian crashes are often more severe than crashes that occur at intersections. This is because drivers are not expecting pedestrians to cross at midblock locations, and they may not be paying as close attention. San Antonio, Houston, and Dallas have historically had the highest number of pedestrian crashes annually; consequently, there is a need to identify the high-risk locations within these cities and their optimal countermeasures. Several pedestrian midblock treatments can be implemented to improve pedestrian safety; however, there is a need to better understand the safety effects of some of the more promising treatments on pedestrian crashes in Texas. There is a need to develop crash modification factors (CMFs) specific to Texas for appropriate types of treatments at midblock crossings to guide the development of countermeasures. The goal of this research is to develop a system for Texas Department of Transportation districts to help identify high-risk pedestrian midblock crossings and select the most effective treatments for them. The project tasks include an information search on midblock pedestrian crossing safety, the collection and analysis of safety and operational data, the identification of high-risk locations for occurrence of midblock crossings and appropriate treatments, the development of crash modification factors for midblock crossings, including benefit-cost ratios.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $393865
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Kasberg, Katelyn

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas at San Antonio

    One UTSA Circle
    San Antonio, TX  United States  78249
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sharif, Hatim

  • Start Date: 20230914
  • Expected Completion Date: 20250228
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01894816
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-7180
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 27 2023 3:11PM